There are a lot of things which w e are not supposed to do for safety reasons, yet we still manage to do it – one of the things we are guilty of committing every now and then, whether deliberately or unknowingly, is driving on dry rotted tires. Those who deliberately drive on their dry rotted tires are often aware of the danger yet still do so because they think “well, the dry patch does not look that bad” whereas those who unknowingly do are, more often than not, blissfully unaware of the condition of their tires.
The latter is a common occurrence, not everyone pays attention to the tires thinking as long as the engine and their vehicle’s other accoutrement are in top shape, they are safe – unfortunately, this is not the case. Every part of our vehicle serves a purpose, tires included. Our tires, being the part of our vehicle which directly touches the ground, also play a significant part. Your vehicle may have the best engine known to man, yet without decent tires, the power it generated will not be able to be transformed into the desired movement and speed.
The former can also be considered as a common occurrence, and majority of people may be guilty as charged. Getting tire replacement is often marked so far down on our list – while we agree that purchasing tires to replace our old ones may cost an arm and a leg due to the expensive price tags, it must be done. Being broke for a while is always a better option than getting into an unwanted accident as a result ofdriving on dry rotted tires.
Dry rotted tire which is also widely known as sidewall crack – if you notice a hairline crack along the thread and sidewall of your tire, it’s exactly what it is. Over time, this condition may lead to the rubber along where the crack present to fade away and turn dull gray as opposed to black. While infrequent vehicle use and improper vehicle storage are cited to be the greatest offenders, inadequate tire pressure is also known to cause dry rot over time. Owners who park their car outside should also be aware of the fact that a constant exposure to heat and sun may also speed up the effect of sidewall cracking – even without it, tires will degrade over time, now imagine what a constant sun exposure will do to your tires. During the early stages you may try to salvage it by using water based product to seal the cracks, but if you notice there is actual cracks on your tires, having them replaced is your only option. You may have time before you must replace them, but do not feel safe and attempt to keep driving on dry rotted tires as the condition may be aggravated and it may break apart while you’re driving it. Especially when the cracks have reached your tires’ cords, because when you drive it, the heat they generate will cause the rubber to expand and your tires will end up breaking.